WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Predictions You Can Take to the Bank for Marquee PPV

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Not knowing the outcome of a particular match is a big part of the fun when it comes to wrestling, but there is also some degree of satisfaction when you predict something correctly.

The Money in the Bank pay-per-view is generally pretty unpredictable, but there seem to be a few obvious results on the horizon this year. Going all in on a prediction is never really safe when it comes to an event that is predetermined, but I would feel pretty comfortable putting money on a select few things taking place on Sunday.

I could say that I hope I'm wrong and would rather see something crazy come to fruition, but ultimately all of us just want to be right.

Here are three Money in the Bank predictions that you can bank on happening this weekend.

Dolph Ziggler Will Win WHC Contract Ladder Match

Normally when there is a Money in the Bank ladder match with eight participants in it, at least half of the field has a legitimate chance to win.

That isn't the case when it comes to the World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match. The bout itself should be entertaining since there is a nice clash of styles, but Dolph Ziggler is only person I can envision securing the briefcase and earning a future world title shot.

Cody Rhodes has a very slight chance as well, but you can pretty much count out the likes of Christian, Santino Marella, Tensai, Damien Sandow, Tyson Kidd and Sin Cara.

None of them are anywhere near a position that would suggest a main-event push, but Ziggler clearly is there. He needs a slight boost to get to the top and stay there, and winning Money in the Bank would be a major help. I have no doubt that The Show Off will be victorious on Sunday, and hopefully he has a good run with the contract before cashing it in successfully.

There Will Be a False Finish Involving Tyson Kidd

Rather than simply predicting the matches, I thought I would get creative and call a spot.

There always seems to be at least one or two times during a Money in the Bank ladder match where all of the competitors except for one are incapacitated. That one wrestler slowly makes his way toward the ladder and climbs up it with all the swiftness of a sloth. Just when it looks like he is about to secure the all-important briefcase, somebody comes to their senses on cue and breaks it up.

The prime candidate for that spot in the World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match is Tyson Kidd.

The Hart Dungeon graduate has long been a great talent, but he had been used as a jobber until a couple weeks ago. Kidd is on a roll and it is clear that the creative team is trying to get the fans behind him. It has worked so far and it will lead to a moment where Kidd is on the verge of nabbing the contract and pulling off a shocking upset.

Ziggler will recover just in the nick of time, throw him off and win himself, however.

Sheamus Will Retain WHC Against Alberto Del Rio

There are only four matches being advertised for Sunday's main card, so there are only so many predictions you can make at this point.

One of the more obvious matches appears to be Sheamus defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio. There has been very little effort put into this feud by the creative team.

This leads me to believe that something much bigger is planned for Sheamus once he disposes of Del Rio, who is nothing more than a transitional challenger.

Measures have been taken over the past couple weeks to make Del Rio look like a true threat as he has gotten the better of Sheamus on a few occasions, but that won't translate. The WWE has gone to great lengths to build Sheamus as an unstoppable force over the past year, and I doubt that will come to an end against ADR. Some people may not like Sheamus since he has essentially been unbeatable, but he is great in the ring, solid on the mic and has all the tools you look for in a champion.

Del Rio has potential as well, but he hasn't been built in a satisfactory manner, so he won't be winning at Money in the Bank.

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